"At first I was disappointed that is was a cloudy and rainy night in the Outback. Then I realized how rare it is to see rain in this very dry part of Australia. Had it been a clear night, I never would have captured this beautiful shot of the Olgas with the magical raises of the sun."
"At a wildlife park on Phillip Island outside of Melbourne, we walked into a field filled with dozens of kangaroos and hand-fed them. It was the highlight of our trip."
"The Yellow-Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve helps in the effort to save the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. This particular penguin was not too happy that a couple of sheep were invading its space so a minute or two after this photo was taken, the penguin snapped its beak at the sheep until they left."
"Majestic Mount Cook in New Zealand, Mackenzie Range. After just an hour-long scenic walk through Hooker Valley, Mount Cook is an awe-inspiring view looming over Hooker glacier and lake. Gorgeous day!"
"During our sunset champagne toast at Ayers Rock (Uluru), Australia, I noticed this upside-down effect in my glass of champagne."
"The Twelve Apostles (actually only eight are still standing) are found near Port Campbell just off the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. They are considered to be one of the top land formations in Australia and are a 'must-see' locale just west of Melbourne."
"After hiking about 20 miles on the Hollyford Track, we arrived at this isolated beach at Martins Bay with our companions. The hike along the Hollyford River was through a beautiful rainforest full of ferns and and large native trees, and we were thrilled to find sunshine and a fabulous beach waiting for us at the mouth of the river."
"The Remarkable Rocks on Kangaroo Island outside Adelaide, South Australia."
"A koala bear mom and baby at the Koala Centre on Phillip Island outside of Melbourne. Raised wooden walkways allow you to get within five feet of the koalas in the tops of the trees."
"On the road from Mount Cook to Christchurch, New Zealand, driving by Lake Pukaki."
"The Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, outside Sydney in New South Wales, Australia."
"This is a case where jet lag proved worthwhile. I had arrived at a B&B in Australia's Blue Mountain area and was up before sunrise. As the sky started to brighten, I grabbed my camera and caught this image."
"The blue ice of the Franz Josef Glacier on New Zealand's South Island is a spectacular site and an even better adventure for those who decide to throw on waterproof jackets and crampons. This was one of the few photographs I could get that gives a sense of the sheer scale of the glacier."
"Travel around windy roads to reach a scenic drive near Matauri Bay in the Northland Region of New Zealand and experiencea a once in a lifetime feeling of release. If ever a scene could give you the feeling of free falling, I believe it would be this 360 degree view which, unfortunately, the camera does not even begin to capture."
"Blue Maomao Arch out at Poor Knights in New Zealand. The best views are really underwater for diving."
"Scarborough Beach in Western Australia. Calm seas looking west over the Indian Ocean in September."
"During my vacation to Sydney, Australia, I met this really cute koala at the zoo. I fell in love with him when we first met, I wish I could have taken him back to North Carolina with me. My hope is to visit Australia again."
"Is anything more magical than an unexpected rainbow? This was in Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia, in July (their winter)."
"My first day exploring Melbourne, I came across this and from a distance I thought it was roller coaster in the middle of the city. When I got closer, it was the Arts Center which had a great exhibit on AC/DC."
"Middle Earth is a real place here at Hobbiton on the Alexander Sheep Farm in Matamata, New Zealand."